How to build a positive learning environment in the classroom
A positive learning environment is a must for students to prosper academically as well as emotionally. Without it, they will never be able to reach their maximum potential. Now, more than anyone else, it is the responsibility of the teacher to build a positive learning environment in the classroom as he/she is in charge of the whole class. However, such a productive environment is not built in a day, but over a period of time and there is a lot of effort that goes into building and maintaining it. For instance, a little kindness, inspiring words and humor can go a long way in bringing positivity in the classroom.
Here, we have compiled a list of certain strategies/tips that a teacher can follow to build a positive learning environment for the betterment of the students!
1. Forge a strong relationship with the students
It is essential for teachers to forge a strong bond with their students. Having a good relationship with the teachers enables the students to trust them completely and once they build that trust, they can communicate easily with them regarding any matter. There are many ways of forming that sort of close relationship with the pupils. For instance, to begin with, one should not try to jump into the lessons on the very first day of the school. Instead, one should try to know the students better that day, by asking them to give their introductions and by having pleasant talks with them. Also, make an effort to know the students individually and not just as a part of the group. Being friendly with them, using humor and allowing them to make their decisions would further enhance one’s relationship with the students.
2. Make your classes interesting
A dull and lackluster teaching method would never be able to engage the students in the learning process. To make them pay attention to what you are teaching, you need to make it interesting. You can start by connecting your lessons and various concepts with the real world. Unless a student realizes the significance of what is being taught and how it is connected to reality, he or she would not be too interested to learn anything new. Stress on the main point and give examples to make it more clear. Also, if possible, try to make it a little personally relevant while teaching certain concepts, so that the students can identify with the subject matter easily.
3. Have a code of conduct for the classroom
Every class requires a certain code of conduct which all the students must follow. Without some basic rules to adhere to, a classroom would turn into a fish market very soon. However, the code of conduct should be created by the teacher after having a proper discussion about it with the students. The teacher can begin by asking the students what kind of behavior they consider appropriate in the class or how they would prefer others to treat them. Once the answers start pouring in, the teacher can tell them that they should always treat others the way they would want to be treated and from then on, that very thought would be the code of conduct of the class. Since it has been agreed upon by both the students and the teacher, there are chances of it being violated in any way, which would make sure that the classroom has a positive vibe all the time.
4. Encourage teamwork
Education is not an isolated process. Students always benefit more when they learn to work together in groups. This learning process makes them respect each other more and they also get to share each other’s ideas. It brings in the feelings of co-operation, brotherhood and empathy. Hence, a teacher should always encourage teamwork in the class. This is something that would not only foster a positive mindset in the classroom but would also help them throughout their lives.
5. Teachers and students should learn together
Students generally tend to think of the teacher as the one with all the information, which is not really wrong but there are times when they both can learn certain things together. The teacher can often change the role of the students from silent listeners to active participators in the class. The lecture sessions should be more interactive wherein the students should answer the teacher’s questions and also ask them their doubts. It should always go back and forth in this way. Also, the teacher can give certain topics to the students to do some research and then ask them to share what they have learnt in the class. So, in this learning process, the teachers and the students both get to learn new things together and the students start enjoying their classes even more.
Education is a life-long process and it all begins with a positive learning environment at home as well as in the classroom. Just as the parents play the role of the nurturers at home, the teachers do the same in the school. So, they should try and create a learning environment where the children feel welcome, engaged and safe. We hope that the aforementioned points will help you in creating such a productive learning environment for your students.